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    Old 11-11-2009, 05:54 PM   #1
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    Low Reticulocyte without Anemia

    Long story short:

    I have been having mild anemia off and on for the last 4-5 months. I was sent for a retic count, but this time I wasn't anemic, but my retic was still low. I was tested again a month later and the same story:

    Test#1
    RBC- 4.57
    HB- 140
    HCT- .410
    WBC- 5.1
    ABS LYM- 1.2 (LOW)
    ABS NEU- 3.3
    PLAT- 177
    ABS RETIC- 15 (LOW)

    Test#2
    RBC- 4.53
    HB- 141
    HCT- .411
    WBC- 4.8 (low..barely)
    ABS LYM- 1.2 (low)
    ABS NEU- 3.0
    PLAT- 188
    RETIC- 13 (LOW)

    As you can see, I am borderline low everything, but not anemic. Yet my retic count has stayed low over the tests. My GP referred me to a hematologist back during the 1st test...but is more concerned now that my retic count is staying low, but she is confused.

    How can the retic stay low...but I am not anemic, just borderline low???

    Thanks in advance.

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    Old 11-12-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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    Re: Low Retic without Anemia

    i'm sorry. What is retic?

     
    Old 11-12-2009, 04:58 PM   #3
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    Re: Low Retic without Anemia

    Retic is just short form for reticulocyte, which are immature red blood cells.

     
    Old 11-12-2009, 07:03 PM   #4
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    Re: Low Retic without Anemia

    Do you have lab ranges?

     
    Old 11-13-2009, 07:17 AM   #5
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    Re: Low Retic without Anemia

    Yes I do, sorry about that...they are in red...

    Test#1
    RBC- 4.57 (4.5-6)
    HB- 140 (135-160)
    HCT- .410 (.400 - .520)
    WBC- 5.1 (5 - 10)
    ABS LYM- 1.2 (LOW) (1.5-4)
    ABS NEU- 3.3 (3.1 - 7)
    PLAT- 177 (150 - 400)
    ABS RETIC- 15 (LOW) (25-100)

    Test#2
    RBC- 4.53
    HB- 141
    HCT- .411
    WBC- 4.8 (low..barely)
    ABS LYM- 1.2 (low)
    ABS NEU- 3.0
    PLAT- 188
    RETIC- 13 (LOW)

     
    Old 11-13-2009, 02:47 PM   #6
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    Re: Low Reticulocyte without Anemia

    Not enough information. Do you have the other values from the CBC? MCV, MCHC, RDW, etc..

    Any iron studies done?

    Chem8 results would be helpful too.

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